13th Sunday OT – 2017


Whenever we talk about a cross, our mind – almost at once – interprets this as something heavy, difficult or even unbearable. Is it the same in our relationship with Jesus? Does Jesus want to place a burden on our shoulders?

Yes and no. As long as we treat Jesus as an outsider, meaning – Jesus is a stranger, I have none or very weak relationship with Jesus – so the “cross” will be a burden to me. It will make my life rather miserable and hard. The key to make my “cross” lighter is hidden or expressed by Jesus in the first sentence of today’s Gospel: “Whoever loves (…)”.

Whenever somebody tells me to do something I don’t like – a shade of love – it seems to very hard to do it. Whenever I do something I like, it seems quite easy. Love changes things and people.

When I love someone I will try everything to make our relationship work and be a great one. Almost nothing will seem to me to be too hard or difficult to do. The same applies to our relationship with Jesus.

If I love Jesus and consider Him to be my Savior, my teacher and finally my friend, I will do everything so that my relationship with Him will be great. Even if His teaching is very demanding I will not see it as a “cross”. Even if all others around me will live and do things in their way, I will live and do as Jesus’ teaching, and I will not see that as a “cross”.

If I don’t love Jesus everything – even the easiest things and matters – will seem to be very difficult.

So, let enkindle our love for Jesus!

Fr. Kgotsofalang SCJ


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